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5 reasons you should watch 'Staten Island Summer' on Netflix

Netflix has a new summer-themed coming-of-age film that you can currently stream. Staten Island Summer is written by Saturday Night Live writer and Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost, and stars a string of SNL castmates, including Cecily Strong and Bobby Moynihan.

Staten Island Summer tales the tale of Danny Campbell, who is preparing to say goodbye to his summer job as a lifeguard, his best friend Frank, and Staten Island, as he packs his bags to head off to his freshman year at Harvard. Though how can an 18-year-old boy leave for an Ivy League school without losing his virginity? Danny, along with Frank and the other lifeguards at the Great Kills Swim Club, decide there is no better way to spend their final weekend of the summer than throwing an epic pool party.

The hour-and-45-minute film showcases several very interesting characters and is filled with wickedly funny moments. Much like other coming-of-age films, this one has heart, which will leave you with a stupid grin on your face as the credit roll. Here are five reasons why you should watch Staten Island Summer right after you finishing reading this wonderful EW Community post.

1. See your favorite SNL cast members take on the summer heat.


No real surprise: Staten Island Summer is filled with familiar Saturday Night Live cast member from the past and present, including Kate McKinnon and Will Forte. Since I personally grew up watching Superstar and A Night at the Roxbury, I can appreciate castmates coming together to create a feature film. Though it should be noted that unlike Superstar and A Night at the Roxbury, these characters are originals. Think of it like seeing your teachers during summer break.

2. These two need a spinoff …


SNL alum Fred Armisen and Bad Grandpa star Jackson Nicoll star in Staten Island Summer as best friends and troublemakers Victor and Wendell. Victor (Armisen) and Wandell (Nicoll) spend most of the film trying to kill a massive hornets’ nest that has taken over the snack shack at the pool. The unlikely duo is random and entertaining, which leads you to want to see more of them.

3. Zack Pearlman is a scene-stealer


With lines like “Kisses not disses,” and “Oh, you want to lose your virginity on Christmas? Who are you, Hugh Grant?” the character of Frank fulfills the typical just-annoying-enough-to-love high school friend we’ve all had. Actor Zack Pearlman’s Frank is able to steal almost every scene he is in. Acting as a mixture of Adam DeVine’s Adam DeMamo from Workaholics and Jonah Hill’s Seth from Superbad, Pearlman is definitely an actor to watch out for.

4. Summer loving


Summer romance is simply the best, am I right? The nights are long, the weather is perfect, your crush has a tan, and no one ever complains that the mosquitoes are attacking. Staten Island Summer has romance. Sure, it may be a wee bit more realistic than most movie romances—but hey, one night under the stars is better than nothing.

5. Who doesn’t love a summer coming-of-age story?


Most coming-of-age stories start off focusing on sex and, more important, losing one’s virginity before moving on to the next chapter of their lives. But once you start pulling away the layers of the film, the viewer starts to realize that the characters are really preparing to say goodbye. In the case of Staten Island Summer, the core of the film is about friendship, not sex.

The film is not heavy. Staten Island Summer is simply a good time, with a relatable story and recognizable characters.

Still not convinced? Watch the trailer below:

Staten Island Summer is currently available to stream on Netflix.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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